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Second Passage

by Europa

Called "Kinetic & hypnotic," and "spiritually moving," Europa brings together 50 musicians to revisit some of the musics of Eastern Europa and beyond.
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MUSICIAN BIOS:
Connie Marie, director, violin; M. Mus. Ed. UWSP, Stevens Point, WI; B. Mus. Ed. Heidelberg College, Tiffin, Oh. Currently violin teacher and Concert mistress Fine Arts String Orchestra, plays violin 1 for Scottsdale Philharmonic, she has been directing and playing violin in bands for over 20 years. She has been teaching violin privately and in public schools and universities for over 25 years. Her degrees in music education and her experience dancing in Heartland East European Dance Troupe have allowed her many resources and skills for playing, directing and writing music. Her non-classical music-playing love is Gypsie, and ethnic Hungarian and Romanian violin music. She also in the Music Director for the Unitarian Universalist Congregations on Phoenix in Paradise Valley. She feels fortunate that her life work is music.

David Clemons, guitar; performing and composing for over 20 years. His background includes alternative, rock, blue grass and jazz. He is currently the lead guitarist for the Steve Barker band at Rawhide in Scottsdale, Az. His music influences include Pat Metheny, Jerry Garcia, and David Gilmore. He is also owner and chief engineer of DCSD recording studio. He is also producer and technical director for entertainment stages at Rawhide in Scottsdale. He has founded and directed several bands including cincinnati based Dire Wolf and The Perspective.

Chris McAbee, ethnic percussionist, has performed and composed music for 16 years with experience in the folk, rock, and ambient/experimental genres. He has been home recording for 11 years and has assisted with engineering and production of many independent recording projects. He has local and regional performance experience with the Lawrence, Kansas based band, Mean Free Path. Additionally, he has a ruthless forehand on the pin-pong table and an insatiable appetite for all things Andy Griffith.

Jeff Farias, bassist has engineered for and recorded the Nitpickers, Trophy Husbands and Tammy Patrick on his own Rustic Records label since his arrival in Phoenix four years ago. His recording and performance credits go back to Bloomington, IN where he engineered and recorded the CD Summertime by the Bathtub Virgins. His music creativity also included music composition. His impact on the Phoenix music scene is far reaching as his bass voice is low.

Gail Paul, flutist: B of Music Performance, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS. Gail has been performing for over 25 years in Colorado, Kansas and Arizona. Her varied experience includes the St. Joseph, MO Symphony, Atchison KS Orchestra, various early music groups, chamber groups, Bach-a-thons, church choirs and ensembles, and even a grateful dead-style rock band. She was also selected for student performances with the Denver Symphony and Kansas City Philharmonic. She is a performing member of WomanKraft in Tucson and participates in musical events and services at the Unitarian Universal Congregation of Phoenix.

CONCERT REVIEW: What were you doing November 3rd, the sixth game of the World Series?
Well, Europa was playing their first self-produced concert. It was a benefit for Interfaith Community Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on east Lincoln. Billed as the "Valley's best kept secret" the Republic announced in Friday's paper, "Secret no more..." And the secret is out.

The show opened with probably the most famous Gypsy chord progression of all time. Europa dubs it Mistokovo. Connie Marie directs this group and plays lead violin. She never claims the spotlight totally for herself though. Connie Fisher sings in Greek, Transylvanian, Spanish and Macedonian Bulgarian with ease. It's tough to determine her most moving songs. From her seductive Misirlou to her haunting original, "La Luna" her artistry and depth had the audience transfixed.

David Clemons, guitarist and sound engineer, played with precision and guts. His solo work took him and us right out to the limits of our imaginations. Jeff Farias of Nitpicker fame, played bass as solid as a rock when needed and as driving and exciting as any I've heard of every solo. Chris McAbee, a versatile percussionist brings to Europa what every musician wants. Steady rhythm, mixed timbre and complex patterns. Europa rhythms are nothing to take lightly. Many of the tunes they perform challenge the musician with meters in 7, 9 and even 15.

And as their publicity reminds us, "Europa could take you to the stratospheres by themselves, but they don't....." The energy of the night was pitched to yet another level with guest artists: the dancing artistry of Naj, Middleastern Dancer; three violinists joined Europa for a big string sound on Olahos, a Hungarian men's dance and the beautiful Joc de Leagana. And to top it all off the beat of additional five drummers stormed the stage to send it all home with Sweet Girl of Armenia and Zbadba where each drummer took a riveting solo.
-----Kellie Walker, reviewer

CONCERT DESCRIPTION: The Arizona Republic declared "Secret no more" to Europa's billing as the Valley's Best Kept Secret. How long can you closet those driving drums, Gypsy violin, mystical guitar, entrancing flute and cryptic bass.

The music of this 5-some has been called hypnotic and kinetic. So what is the music like? .....that of the Gypsy, Hungarian, Romanian, Macedonian, Greek, Turk, to name a few. And the originals are otherworldly.

When Europa takes the stage they highlight the evening with a rotating circle of musician friends ~ some of Phoenix's finest: Intensity drummers, Rawhide's Steve Barker, Naj ~ Middleastern dancer, Phoenix International Folk Dancers, Grey State ~ acoustic heavy metal.

When venues allow, dancing is the norm...."best dance music we've had here yet!"

HISTORY: The name Europa has been around for about 16 years, prevalent in Cincinnati's world music scene. Europa a.k.a. Ensemble Europa has toured the east coast, mid-west and south including Detroit, Chicago, NYC, Birmingham and Nashville. Europa self-produced three major shows in the Aronoff Center for the Fine Arts in downtown Cincinnati where Europa began. In Cincinnati the band played live on WVXU, WGUC and WNKU, local NPR stations; they sponsored a Benefit for Bosnia, and were the most popular world band at Northern Kentucky's classy eatery, The York Street Café. Connie Marie has led Europa through many lands and has moved many people with performances of folk and traditional music ranging from Romanian Gypsy to Turkish and Hungarian dance music.


Europa's recording include Passage Through Time 1989 on LP and cassette and Second Passage 1995 on CD. Their newest CD is called Europa 2001. Passage Through Time sounds a bit like it came out of Eastern Europe on one side, and the other they called "Eurojazz." Second Passage was called by local entertainment press "the most spiritual release of the year." Europa 2001 is full of international dance tunes, haunting vocals and gypsy violin.


In Phoenix, Europa has come out of retreat, rehearsing and creating new work and recovering from the loss of their engineer and co-producer, Scott Dieckmann. Connie Marie, violinist and David Clemons, guitarist first played at Fiddler's Dream as a duo. Now the 5-piece band performs there regularly. Other Phoenix performances include the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Glendale Chocolate Affaire, the Phoenix Folk Music Festival, The Alwun House, Peoria Public Library Concert Series and the Phoenix International Folk Dance Festival.

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Billed as the Valley's "best kept secret" The Arizona Republic announces "Secret no more" when Europa performed for near capacity audience even on a night of the famed 2001 World Series ~ Nov. 3. Valley concerts include Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Glendale's Chocolate Affaire, Long Wong's in Tempe, Fiddler's Dream, Phoenix Folk Festival, Channel 12's Today Show, Peter's Hungarian Café & European Café. The band also self-produces concerts at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix and the PLACe Music Academy.

Recordings include Passage Through Time (1989), a collection of East-European traditional music and originals, Second Passage (1995), originals and arrangements of East-European traditional music with over 40 guest artists, Europa 2000 (2000), Eastern-European treasures.

Your ears will feast on the Hungarian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Greek and Gypsy music of Europa.

Their music has been called "hypnotic and kinetic," and in Sedonna: "the best dance music we've had here yet," and in Phoenix:"no one else in the valley does what you do." Connie Marie, on violin, has been compared with the likes of Mark O' Connor. If that weren't enough, add mystical guitar, cryptic bass and driving drums.

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